France announces winners of 150 MW tender for rooftop PV

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France’s Ministry of the Ecological and Solidary Transition (MTES), announced it has selected 283 projects in the third round of its three-year tender for rooftop PV installations ranging in size from 500 kW to 8 MW.

In this round, in which around 150 MW of PV capacity was allocated, the final average price was at €85/MWh, down from €88.40 in the second round, which concluded in September, and € €93.407MWh in the first round, whose winners were announced in April.

The ministry also said that 40% of the selected projects have received financing through crowdfunding, and these developers will receive an additional bonus of €3/MWh. Both previous rounds had similar percentages.

Most of the round’s allocated capacity will be located in the sunny southern region of Occitanie (65.6 MW), followed by Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (30.7 MW), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (28.2 MW), and Nouvelle Aquitanie (21.8 MW). The allocated capacity of the remaining regions will range between only 3.2 MW and 0.2 MW.

The French government initially expected to deploy 1,45 GW of PV this kind tender series, which is open to rooftop PV systems installed on buildings, greenhouses, agricultural facilities and carports. France’s Minister of the Ecological and Solidary Transition, Nicolas Hulot, however, announced in December that all of the annual capacity to be allocated through the series of solar tenders, including those for ground-mounted PV plants, which were launched by the French government in late 2016, will be increased from 1.45 GW to 2.45 GW. As a result, the government has now said that, starting from the next bidding round, the capacity to be allocated in the tender for commercial and industrial rooftop PV will be 200 MW and not 150 MW.

The tender has nine separate windows in which to submit proposals. The fourth bidding round will be launched in March.